Our Curriculum Threads:
Our curriculum threads are woven through our Computing curriculum as it:
Develops LANGUAGE AND ORACY by using formative questioning to uncover misconceptions alongside discussion, concept mapping and peer instruction. Enhances the children’s WISDOM AND WONDER through ‘unpacking’, exploring in familiar contexts and then ‘repacking’. This approach helps pupils develop a secure understanding of complex concepts. Provides INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE activities with different levels of direction, scaffolding, and support that promotes learning, ranging from highly structured to more exploratory tasks. Ensures children’s HEALTH AND HAPPINESS by developing their knowledge of internet safety making them aware of any potential risks we might face online, which include malware, scams, and cyberbullying.
At Winkfield St Mary’s we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We recognise that Digital Citizenship education is the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media and ensure that this is entwined into our computing curriculum. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum, through the use of our iPads and class set of Chromebooks, to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools and aim to equip children with the skills that allow them to use technology effectively.
Computing is taught weekly in KS1 and KS2 and there are regular opportunities for children to use our equipment in other subjects throughout the broader curriculum, particularly with research heavy subjects such as Geography and History. As well as this, we allow children to practice at home by setting regular homework activities which encourages children to interact with technology at home. In the Foundation Stage, children interact with technology on a regular basis through Beebots, iPads, Chromebooks and the Interactive Whiteboard. Our lessons are supported by a class set of Chromebooks and class iPads which are readily available throughout the day to allow children internet access while in the classroom. Staff meetings allow for teachers to refresh and recap their subject knowledge, take part in regular CPD as well as moderate their assessment on children’s learning.
Children’s learning is monitored by half termly data inputs based on teacher’s judgements of the children’s progress against national curriculum objectives. Learning walks take place regularly and children are asked for their opinion on how successful their comping lessons are via pupil conferencing. Children are aware of possible dangers online and they are equipped to avoid and resolve any possible issues through our Digital Citizenship lessons. Our children are able to showcase and publish their work across the curriculum using technology and will be digitally literate and confident members of our continuously developing digital world by the time they leave the school.